Cranford Co. Joins Tenants in Arkansas Building on Main Street in Little Rock

by Michelle Corbet  on Thursday, Sep. 4, 2014 2:00 pm  

Chris, left, Jay and Ross Cranford have formed Cranford Co., a new advertising agency to be located in downtown Little Rock. | (Photo by Wil Chandler)

Cranford Co., the advertising agency founded by brothers Jay, Ross and Chris Cranford, announced Thursday plans to move into office space in the Arkansas Building at 524 Main St. in Little Rock.

“This is the cornerstone of Little Rock’s Creative Corridor. We are a creative agency that uses the latest technology, so it’s only logical that we set up shop here — especially with the technology park on the way,” Jay Cranford said.

The announcement was made at the end of a video the agency produced for the Downtown Little Rock Partnership promoting the 4th Annual Main Street Food Truck Festival on Oct. 4. 

“Community is one of the core values of Cranford Co.,” said Ross Cranford, who serves on the board of the Downtown Partnership. “We’re happy to help bring more people, energy and excitement to this vital area of our city by donating our services.”

Built in 1899, the Arkansas Building, at the corner of 6th and Main streets, was originally home to the Arkansas Carpet & Furniture Co., followed by the Pfeifer Brothers Department Store. Later, it was the corporate headquarters for publicly traded department store chain Dillard’s Inc. of Little Rock. 

“It’s one of the oldest buildings in the city,” said David Robinson, managing director of Reed Realty Advisors, owner of the building through Main Street Lofts LLC. “We’re excited to have Cranford here and adding to the creative energy of the project. “

Cranford Co. will occupy 1,100 SF on the building’s ground floor and more than 2,000 SF below ground. The brothers, who resigned from Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods of Little Rock earlier this year, founded the agency in July.

“We’ll have a fully operational video production facility down here, with a studio, editing and graphic animation suites,” Chris Cranford said.

The Arkansas Building will also house offices for Ballet Arkansas and the Arkansas Repertory Theatre's black box theater, as well as Kent Walker's Artisanal Cheese, several art galleries and 36 loft apartments. 

“The addition of Cranford Co. to downtown’s Creative Corridor further supports the momentum of the revitalization taking place on Main Street,” said Sharon Priest, executive director of Downtown Little Rock Partnership. 

The video can be viewed on Cranford Co.’s Facebook page, and at CranfordCo.com/MainStreet.

 

 

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